Different women from various social backgrounds find themselves trapped in the events unfolding in the Egyptian streets and apartment blocks. Their entrapment is not necessarily limited to concrete walls and locked doors, but it is imposed by the inner conflicts and thoughts.
In the fifties, young Alice leaves her natal Swiss mountains for the sunny and vibrant shores of Beirut. She falls madly in love with Joseph, a quirky astrophysicist intent on sending the first Lebanese national into space. Alice quickly fits in among his relatives, but after years of bliss, the civil war threatens their Garden of Eden.
Paris, 1993. Selma, 17, lives in a bourgeois and secular Berber family. When she meets Julien, a provocative young man, she realis for the first time how the heavy rules of patriarchy affect her intimacy.